Advanced Television


VOOM HD on Measat 3

VOOM HD Networks, Ascent Media and Measat Satellite Systems have agreed a deal to distribute the VOOM HD channel across Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Africa. “With the Asian market at a tipping point for HDTV adoption, the demand for compelling and high-quality HD programming has grown exponentially,” said Glenn Oakley, VOOM's Senior Vice […]

November 7, 2007

Verizon increases HD output

Customers of Verizon's FiOS TV service are set to receive an increase of high-definition content as the US telco confirmed plans for a fivefold increase in the number of HD channels, to 150 channels, as well as plans for offering additional HD content through FiOS TV’s video-on-demand service. Verizon is also planning a major expansion […]

November 6, 2007

HD NBA on DirecTV

Satellite TV service provider DirecTV has launched NBA (National Basketball Association) TV HD with plans to offer more than 72 games in HD and other NBA programming in HD, 24/7. With the addition of NBA TV HD, DirecTV now offers 74 full-time national HD channels, including 16 sports networks in HD- more than any other […]

November 2, 2007

HD in 14% of US households

The Nielsen Company has reported that 13.7 per cent of TV households in the US are equipped with a HD television. Los Angeles has the highest penetration of HD Capable homes (20.4 per cent) and New York has the highest penetration of HD Receivable homes (have HD channels available) 17.5 per cent. Nielsen also reports […]

November 1, 2007

Akamai HD showcase online

Akamai Technologies, global service provider for accelerating content and applications online, has launched TheHDWeb, a 'proof-of-concept' portal designed to showcase the experience consumers can have with high definition (HD) content online. The Website showcases content from a variety of industries including music, movies, professional sports, games and news. Companies providing HD content for the initiative […]

October 31, 2007

BBC Worldwide confirms 30 new channels

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is to launch a further 30 channels internationally, as well as a high-definition (HD) outlet and an on-demand service in the US, as part of its aggressive expansion plan. The launches, which will be based on four thematic brands – BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and children’s outlet […]

October 30, 2007

DirecTV sues Cox over HDTV ads

In the latest tit-for-tat DirecTV has sued Cox Communications, charging the cable operator with making false claims about its High-Definition picture. The lawsuit charges that Cox’s Internet ads include “false and misleading statements” about the HD quality of its picture versus DirecTV’s HD picture. DirecTV’s lawsuit targets a section at Cox’s web site that cites […]

October 22, 2007

Vimeo goes HD

Video sharing Web site Vimeo is set to begin distributing videos in high-definition. While movie trailers and certain other professionally produced videos can be viewed online in high-definition, Vimeo is the first Web site to make HD available for user-generated videos.

October 18, 2007

Ofcom not sympathetic to HD spectrum claims

The UK regulator’s chief executive Ed Richards said he was not persuaded that TV should be allowed to use the “digital dividend” for high-definition programming. Instead, he spoke of the “golden opportunity” of using more efficient MPEG4 compression and the DVBT2 broadcast standard to squeeze HD channels into the existing Freeview band. Ofcom is consulting […]

October 18, 2007

NEC 'deep fibre' solutions for HDTV VOD

NEC Corporation has launched two new additions to its AM3100 Series MSAN (Multi -Service Access Node) product range – the AM3110 and AM3160. NEC says The AM3100 series represents a generational shift in access technology with a total access platform family that meets all copper, fibre and wireless applications needs. The AM3110 and AM3160 allow […]

October 12, 2007